Barrett Martin is a drummer/multi-instrumentalist/composer from the Olympia, Washington area. Martin has performed and recorded with multiple Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning artists throughout his career. He is best known for his work with Screaming Trees, who became popular in the early 1990s along with a host of other Seattle-based bands (Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden) in part on the strength of their single "Nearly Lost You" from 1992's Sweet Oblivion.
In addition to his work with Screaming Trees, Martin also participated in the supergroup Mad Season. Mad Season featured Alice in Chains' lead singer Layne Staley, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Screaming Trees' vocalist Mark Lanegan. He also co-founded the band Tuatara with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and later worked with R.E.M. providing percussion for their album Up.
After Screaming Trees disbanded, Barrett Martin returned to school to pursue graduate studies. He also began a solo career and started his own independent label, Fast Horse Recordings. Tuatara began its career with Sony but its last four albums have been released through Fast Horse. The twin 2007 Tuatara releases East of the Sun and West of the Moon were the first in the band's history to include vocals. Martin has released two solo albums through his Fast Horse label, The Painted Desert in 2004 and Earthspeaker in 2006. Martin has announced his third solo album will be a two-CD set, Zenga.